Race Information

About the Bayou City Classic:

The Bayou City Classic 10k is Houston's premier 10k race and walk!  The Bayou City Classic 10k has been a Houston tradition for more than 40 years (we celebrated our Ruby Anniversary in 2017 and are the oldest 10k in Texas) and attracts more than 3000 runners, walkers, and volunteers.


Why we put on this event:

Proceeds from the Bayou City Classic go toward helping maintain and develop trails for running and walking in our city parks.  The trails are available to anyone who lives in or visits Houston looking for a place to exercise or find a green haven away from the hustle and bustle of Houston's big city life.  Help preserve the trees!  We were able to raise over $250,000 for the Houston Parks & Recreation Department since 2013.

Race Date:

Race Day is Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Start Time:

Wheelchair participants begin the 10k at 7:50 a.m.  Runners and walkers begin the 10k at 8:00 a.m.  All 5k participants start at 8:20 a.m.


Both the 10k race and the 5k fun run begin in Downtown Houston.  The Post Race Party will be in Sam Houston Park (Hermann Square, along with City Hall, is slated for construction).


The race distances are 10 kilometers (or 6.2 miles) and 5 kilometers (or 3.1 miles).

Who Can Participate?

The 5k is open to all who register, including children in strollers.  We simply ask that strollers stay to the back.  For the 10k, approved wheelchairs are the only wheels allowed (no strollers). Unfortunately, our insurance does not permit pets (in strollers, on leashes, or loose).

Entry Fees:

You can register for the race here

You can save by registering early for the Bayou City Classic!  Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA) Members receive a discount on fees after November 1--check the HARRA Newsletter for a code.  You may join HARRA here.  Military and First Responders, contact us for a discount code.

    • Summer Special (before 11/1/19 with no additional discounts): $25
    • Early (11/1/19 to 1/5/20): $30
    • Regular (1/6/20 to 2/27/20): $40
    • Late & Packet Pick Up (2/28/20 to 3/13/20): $45
    • Race Morning: $50. Must be registered by 7:30 AM to be eligible for awards.

Each Centipede Member must be registered.  Online registration is available here. There are no refunds--if you cannot participate in the race, the proceeds from your entry will go towards the Houston Parks and Trails fund as a charitable contribution.

Bib Pickup (and Late Registration):

Plan to have your race bib picked up at one of the packet pick up locations to be announced soon. You may have a family member or friend collect your bib.  For race updates, follow us on Facebook Button or Follow bcc10k on Twitter.

Refunds & Transfers:

There will be no refunds or transfers (giving your entry to another person), no exceptions (even if the race is cancelled in the event of bad weather or circumstances beyond our control). 


Our 10k race course will be   The 10k course starts and finishes downtown near City Hall with a loop through Downtown and along Allen Parkway. 

Our 5k course also starts and finishes near City Hall with a loop through Downtown and along portions of Allen Parkway. 

We have fabulous entertainment all along the course to help you groove along the way. 

Finisher Shirts

Finishers' Shirts:

All finishers will receive a unixsex short-sleeved technical Finisher's Shirt at the Post Race Party (no shirts will be given out prior to the race).

Post Race Party and Awards Ceremony:

After the race, enjoy refreshments donated by our fabulous sponsors, and music at Sam Houston Park.  The awards ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.  The party goes on and on!


Please arrive early enough to find parking and make your way to the Start Line before 7:45 a.m.  Street parking is not free on Saturdays and streets around the Start Line and Finish Line may be closed.  You can find the locations of parking garages here.

Race Scoring:

Race scoring for the 10k and the 5k will be done by electronic timing.  You will not be considered an official finisher if you do detach the timing device from your bib. 


The Bayou City Classic cannot take place without the help of wonderful volunteers.  We can use your help before the race and on race day.  Some of the opportunities include:

Post Race Party Volunteer
  • Before the Race:
    • Packet Pick Up
    • Post Race Party Set Up
  • On Race Day:
    • Start Line
    • Water Stop
    • Timers
    • Post Race Party
    • Finisher Shirt Distribution
Please visit Volunteer for more information.

To volunteer, please register here, go to the Contact Us page to complete the form with your name and contact information and select "Volunteer" as the subject, or email Susan.